Two teens, two and a half days, Bergen to Oslo

What is the best route to get my family with two active teen boys from Bergen to Oslo?

We can leave Bergen early morning on Sunday June 15 and have to catch a plane out of Oslo at 18:00 on Tuesday June 17. Basically, we have 2 1/2 days.

We don't mind renting a car but public transport (boat,train, bus) is preferred.

We want to:
1) See the Naeroyfjord
2) Hike the Nigardsbreen Glacier
3) Stay overnight in the Sognefjord somewhere
4) Experience amazing scenery!

I've read and looked at maps and read some more but could use help wrapping my head around how to do it all!

Posted by tuvey
3 posts

Do the "Norway in a Nutshell" trip. It does not include the glacier but has all the rest. You can make the arrangements on your own to allow you to spend a night along the way in Flam. You take a train from Bergen, a bus down to Gudvangen, a boat from Gudvangen to Flam, a funicular back up to the train, and continue on to Oslo. There are commercial tours that you can buy as a package but I don't know if you have the option for an overnight stay if you buy one of them. Maybe you can. We did the arrangements ourselves and it worked just fine. I think you can do it all in one day leaving time to do the glacier on the day before. Hope it works out for you.

Posted by richard
Yorkshire
428 posts

Well you will have plenty of hours of daylight.
The DNT huts might be worth a look,I stayed at Finse,an extraordinary place on the summit of the Bergen-Oslo line.
Theres a glacier about a 15min stroll from the door.

Posted by Bob
Rosemount, MN, USA
74 posts

We drove but you can take the train or cruise line from Bergen to Flam. If you drive you can stop in Voss to get your picture taken with a statue of Knute Rockne and take a cable car up the mountain for nice views and a food break at the top. We also stopped at the Stalheim Hotel for the fantastic overlook view.

We were in Flam for two days and on day one took the Fjord Safari tour which uses small, high speed boats to cruise the Sognefjord and Naeroyfjord which was a lot of fun. Then we took the Flamsbana train to Myrdal, rented bikes and rode back to Flam. If you do this be careful on the steep switchbacks because there is exposure at the turns. After that you can pretty much coast to Flam. Nice scenery and relaxing.

On the second day we took a sea kayaking tour which lasted about four hours on the Sognefjord and into Naeroyfjord using tandem kayaks. It was a nice and relaxing way to see the fjords. We then drove through the tunnel from Aurland to Laerdal and then took the snow road back stopping at the Stegastein Viewpoint for the view.

I wanted to do a glacier tour. I think it would be worth it but my family disagreed stating we walk on ice eight months a year at home. Almost true living in Minnesota.

In Bergen there is a Leprosy Museum that your son’s might find interesting.

Posted by Geoffrie
Akershus, Norway/Twin Cities, MN
49 posts

I like what Bob wrote. What I've done, a couple of times, is to stay in Gudvangen at a place called Gudvangen Camping (http://www.visitgudvangen.com) on Nærøyfjord. It's a pretty basic place, but just right for my style of traveling. Nothing more than you need, nothing less, and quite reasonably priced. We also did a fantastic kayaking trip with a company called Nordic Ventures (http://www.visitgudvangen.com) in Voss. Hopefully that will work with your plans. Kayak was an amazing way to experience Nærøyfjord!

Posted by tconrath
Ohio
7 posts

Thank you for the advice! I appreciate your taking the time to respond to help me plan an amazing trip!